Al-Ahli’s star striker Omar Al-Somah wants to stay at Al-Ahli despite fall-out with coach

Updated 11 April 2018
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Al-Ahli’s star striker Omar Al-Somah wants to stay at Al-Ahli despite fall-out with coach

  • Top-scorer stormed off after being hauled off against Al-Hilal
  • 'I will not leave Al-Ahli unless the administration and the fans are convinced that I cannot give any more.'

Syrian striker Omar Al-Somah has apologized and pledged his future to Al-Ahli after he reacted angrily to being substituted last week, but it remains to be seen whether he will start the league-deciding game with Ohod on Thursday.


Al-Somah caused a storm by reacting poorly to being substituted in the 70th minute of the big game with Al-Hilal on Saturday, storming straight past coach Sergiy Rebrov and down the tunnel. It has been reported the top-scorer has been banished from training this week.


The Syrian striker has since apologized via his SnapChat account for his actions and then gave a statement to MCB Sports show Action Ya Dawri.


“I made a mistake in my reaction to the coach Rebrov and I apologize to all Ahlawiya fans, but what was raised about my aggression with him was improper. I apologized to him and I repeat my apologies and I hope he accepts.”


Al-Somah has 11 goals this season, the second most in the Saudi Pro League, and he said he was hoping to partner substitute Muhannad Assiri — not be replaced by him — as Al-Ahli chased a goal that would have dramatically altered the title race.


“I was hoping not to replace the need for the team for a double prong attack, and all analysts have been surprised by this change, and do not know what the coach was thinking then,” said Al-Somah. “We needed to get to the goal and change the way we played. That’s what I was waiting for, like former coach Christian Gross, who was pushing two up-front when we were drawing in any game.”

 

Al-Somah has finished as the league’s top-scorer in the past three seasons and is contracted to the Jeddah club until 2020.


“I want to stay at Al-Ahli and the Saudi Pro League,” he said. “My relationship with the club is very strong. I cannot live outside Jeddah. I want to remain for the three years on my contract and I do not think about leaving. I will not leave Al-Ahli unless the administration and the fans are convinced that I cannot give any more.”


Al-Somah will be itching to start against bottom club Ohod on Thursday, especially as they have conceded 47 goals this season, but Rebrov must decide whether to put his faith in a player who made such a public show of disastisfaction, especially with the title on the line. Al-Ahli need to beat Ohod and hope Al-Hilal slip up against Al-Fateh.


Leonard scores 35, Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 for 3-2 lead

Updated 24 May 2019
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Leonard scores 35, Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 for 3-2 lead

  • Leonard hit the 30-point mark for the fourth time in the series

MILWAUKEE: Kawhi Leonard scored 35 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 105-99 on Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
Leonard showed no obvious signs of the leg soreness that bothered him in Toronto’s victories in the previous two games, hitting the 30-point mark for the fourth time in the series. He made five 3-pointers and had seven rebounds and nine assists.
Fred VanVleet scored 21 points, hitting seven 3s. Kyle Lowry added 17 as the Raptors put themselves in position to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time. A victory at home Saturday would set up a matchup with two-time defending champion Golden State.
“This was a super-hard win tonight,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said.
The Raptors battled out of an early 14-point hole, then got 15 points from Leonard in the fourth quarter to send the top-seeded Bucks to their first three-game losing streak of the season.
“We weathered the storm early,” Leonard said.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points for Milwaukee hours after being announced as a unanimous first-team, All-NBA selection. Eric Bledsoe scored 20 and Malcolm Brogdon added 18 points and 11 rebounds in his return to the starting lineup.
“It’s first to four. We’ve got to go to Toronto, get a game. I think the group will be ready,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.
The Raptors were clinging to a two-point lead in the closing minute after Khris Middleton drove around Leonard on the baseline for a layup.
Toronto was initially called for a shot-clock violation when Leonard missed a fadeaway jumper with 35 seconds left. That got overturned by a replay review, and Brook Lopez was called for a foul, instead, for bumping Marc Gasol after he retrieved the loose ball.
Gasol hit both free throws to make it 100-97. Another replay review went in Toronto’s favor when officials determined a ball went out of bounds off Brogdon with 26.8 seconds left. Brogdon pulled his hand away, thinking his dribble had gone off Pascal Siakam’s foot.
Siakam then drove for a dunk, making it 102-97, and the Raptors hung on from there.
Milwaukee was leading 81-79 with about 8 1/2 minutes left when Leonard nailed back-to-back 3-pointers. He hit two free throws before Siakam threw down a put-back dunk to make it 89-81.
The Bucks tied it at 93-all with 2:44 left on a 3-pointer by Lopez. VanVleet answered with one of his own before Antetokounmpo threw down an alley-oop dunk to cut it to 96-95 with just over two minutes remaining.
The Bucks set a fast pace early on and led by 10 after the first quarter, delighting the towel-waving fans chanting “Fear The Deer! Fear the Deer!” They withstood a 16-2 run by Toronto to start the second, with Antetokounmpo nailing a 3 to stop it.
The Bucks also went on a 14-2 run early in the third, with the Greek Freak throwing down a hard dunk off a feed by Middleton for a 63-51 lead. But the Raptors got right back into it.

Tip-ins

Raptors: Lowry now has 1,126 points in 66 playoff games for Toronto, surpassing DeMar DeRozan (1,117) as the franchise’s postseason scoring leader.
Bucks: Brogdon started all 64 games he played in during the regular season, before missing basically all of the first two rounds because of a heel injury. With Brogdon back in the lineup, Nikola Mirotic came off the bench.

Up next

Game 6 is at Toronto on Saturday.